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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a GameTruck Party

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

No matter how old you are, celebrating your birthday never goes out of style. From character-themed parties to camping out and sleeping over, having a birthday bash is a great excuse for getting all of your friends together and having fun. If your child’s birthday is coming up and he’s crazy about video games, GameTruck is an exciting way to throw a party he’ll remember forever.

 

GameTruck is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a complimentary two hour GameTruck party, an approximate value of $400. The winner must live within 50 miles of a GameTruck service area or an alternative prize will be provided. If the winner is outside the service area, GameTruck will allow the participant to share the prize with someone that’s within service area or be compensated with a video game system valued at $200. The GameTruck allows 16 to 20 kids inside at a time; however, no food or drinks are allowed inside the truck.

 

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 30. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. And be sure to note that the winner must claim and use their prize by December 31, 2014. So you may be celebrating your child’s half-birthday! Be sure to check back on September 30 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner, Mary Happymommy. Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Photos courtesy of GameTruck.

Want advice on how to teach your child party manners? Watch the video below.

Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties

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Tori Spelling: “This little community of love I created…that’s my legacy to pass on to them.”

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Attention all 90210 fans! Tori Spelling and her California co-star Jennie Garth are back with their new sitcom Mystery Girls, premiering tonight on ABC Family. Parents caught up with the pair at a Mammarazzi screening event hosted by The MOMS, one of a series of town hall style events hosted by the mommy lifestyle brand. In terms of mommyhood, not all of the mysteries are solved yet, but Tori revealed to Parents what it’s like to go back to work with four kids at home (Liam, 8, Stella, 7, Hattie, 3, and Finn, 2), the secret behind her fabulous birthday bashes, and her proudest accomplishment as a mother.

P: Having four kids, how did your mommy duties play into your decision to go back to work full time?

TS: Having done a lot of reality work since Liam was born, I’ve had that luxury of always being able to have them with me, so this is my first job that takes me away from them in eight years. It’s been a definite transition. I don’t think I was completely ready. Finn is still so young. But the timing was right and in this business you don’t always get a second chance, you know? We had an amazing show that ran for 10 years and to me that was like lightening in a bottle and that is what this felt like with this show. It felt like Wow this is the moment for it so I gotta take it and create it and do it. The nice thing is they do get to come to set, so I get to see my kids. We shoot very close to where we live, so it’s a nice balance.

P: Not only are you starring in the sitcom, you’re also the creator and executive producer. Where did the idea for Mystery Girls come from?

TS: When I first came up with the idea it was “Mystery Mom” because I was a mom and I wanted to do something in the realm of comedy, but I also love mysteries. I love like the 80s, 90s mysteries and I was like “I’ve never seen a sitcom do it, why not?” And two women doing it! The idea that [our characters] used to be on a show together was a wink wink to 90210. It went from Mystery Mom to Mystery Girls because it opened it up to everyone. But what we bring to these roles, it’s not just like you could have hired any two actresses to play these roles because there is a friendship and a sisterhood that goes for 20 years that you can’t write that.

P: Before Mystery Girls, your birthday parties on your reality show were famous. Do you have any fun parties planned and where do you get your inspirations?

TS: I did it the wrong way. I’m just putting it out there. I did it backwards. I went all out for the first two and then I kept having babies and now at four I’m like “There’s always a party, oh my G-d.” As a fulltime working mom, you just can’t keep doing the big parties. We’re scaling back now and we’re remembering it’s about family and who’s at the party, not about how big they are, even though I do still fixate on the details. It’s all about the DIY. Stella’s definitely a mini-me as far as decorating. Inspirations just come from when I was a kid. Everything that is out kind of comes back. So I always try to bring things back. Right now we’re into Jell-o molds. Bring em back!

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Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake
Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake
Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake

P: You mentioned Stella got your decorating sense. Are any of your four kids a mini-me?

TS: I’m gonna have to hear that question again because as soon as you said four I was like oh my gosh I have four. All of them have a little, yes. Liam is definitely stubborn like me. He’s creative and passionate like me. He holds in his feelings like me. Stella does the same. Stella’s a DIY goddess, so she got my crafting gene and love for it. She loves fashion like I do. Stella does everything I do. We have a lot of fun together. We’re best friends. Hattie has a much bigger voice than I’ve ever had. I would love to have Hattie’s voice. I’m still trying to find my voice and Hattie has it. She’s loud and proud and she’s number three. I will see her using her hands like me—I talk a lot with my hands. The other day she was on the phone and she had her hands on her hip just how I talk on the phone. I saw her walking and I was like “That’s my walk.” And then Finn. Finn and I have a really special bond. I had a hard pregnancy with him, so he and I…I just want to hold him and never let him go. He has a little soulful spirit and he looks a lot like me when I was a baby. Oh my gosh there are so many.

P: What has your proudest moment been as a mom?

TS: [When they show love to each other.] Mine are so little that they were kind of their own people and now they’re starting to love each other. They are just starting to help each other and the other day Hattie needed help off the couch and she was starting to cry and she was like “Sissy Sissy!” Stella came running over and lifted her off the couch. She changes Finn’s diaper and he looks for her. It’s knowing that there’s a little community of love I created. That they have each other and that’s my legacy to pass on to them. I’ve given them this. I’ve given them love that will surround them forever.

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Rosie to the Rescue: Birthday Party Dilemmas

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

It’s recently come to my attention that there’s a striking issue with having 4 children that I wasn’t warned about, and that is the astonishing amount of birthday parties they get invited to! For just my sweet first born, we’re talking over 20 parties a year between his classmates and friends, which means over 20 festivities with pizza and cake and ice cream and candy, 20 gift bags full of tiny knick-knacks and more teeth-rotting candy, and the purchasing of 20 $10-$15 gifts. Now multiply that by 4 and you can see why I’m going completely mad just thinking about it!

So what is the solution? As I added up the number of days my little one’s pearly whites are covered with gummy candy or slathered in lollipops I started to see red (and lots of cavities!). I made proclamations of serving carrots at my next shindig and of calling party hosts ahead of time to ask for broccoli to replace the candy in my kid’s gift bags. To save money on birthday presents for the guests of honor, I began hand-making gifts and even considered knitting a few scarves. The hysteria went on until I slapped myself back into reality as I saw my son quickly becoming the least favorite person to invite to a party because of his loony mama!

I started to think of some practical ways to address the dark side of kid’s birthday parties and helping my kids have fun and with their friends, without totally destroying their teeth and my bank account in the meantime! I realized that I can’t not bring presents, I can’t dictate what others put in their gift bags and I certainly can’t deny my child the right to eat the cake (or lick the icing if you are my kids). But what I can do is implement boundaries as they relate to my kids and the quantities of these things consumed. Best of all I can teach them life’s important lesson of moderation, because there is access to excess everywhere, not just on the kid’s party circuit.

For the wee ones you may have to make sure they are full before arriving at the party so they don’t feel so inclined to feast on cake. I also like to do a little bit of pre-editing of gift bags before passing them to my little partygoers. However, when talking about kindergarten-age kids and above, explain your conundrum to your kids and guide them to the solution you want them to reach. My 5-year-old is quite capable of understanding that too much sugar will hurt his teeth, so together we came up with how to edit the gift bags without me having to do it sneakily in the car. (He can choose one of the candies and the rest is removed.) With gifts he is empowered with a strict budget, which encourages him to be creative and thoughtful about what he chooses to gift his friends.

With all this thoughtfulness and moderation should also come one day without any: their own birthday! Let their party be the one special day of the year when they don’t have these boundaries, because sometimes it’s fun to break the rules!

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Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms
Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms

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Not Your Average Birthday Party Gift

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another weekend means another birthday party (or two!) on the agenda. If you’re tired of stocking up on Barbies and board games, consider purchasing one of these gifts next time your kiddo receives a invite. Plus, these cheap, cute products will still be deemed “cool” once middle school arrives.

Look to the stars. An astrological-themed gift will never go out of style. Pick out a Furbish poster (on sale for $18) featuring the birthday kid’s sign, or scoop up a porcelain constellation box (also on sale for $18). It could even double as a receptacle for  loose teeth before the Tooth Fairy arrives!

Get practical. For the tech-savvy kid, this bright lap desk ($25) from Barnes and Noble features a slot to hold tablets and has a no-slip pad for smart phones, making it even easier to multitask from the couch. Ban.do makes cheery iPhone 5/5s covers ($25) in a variety of kid-friendly designs.

Think positive. What tween couldn’t use an extra dose of inspiration? These fun prints from Lulu and Georgia–”Be You,” ($15) “Everything You Can Imagine,” ($26-32), ”Be Yourself“ ($26-32)–will add a dash of color a preteen’s room, and their sayings will continue to ring true in the years to come.

Go old school. Think back to when you were a kid (if you can remember a world before iPads and iPods!) and go for classics such as a travel game pad ($9), set of glow-in-the dark stars ($12) for the ceiling, or a pack of clever sticky notes ($4). Purchase one of these J.Crew items and pair it with the birthday kid’s favorite candy, and you’ve got yourself a sweet, inexpensive present.

Celebrate the season.  A lightweight scarf, like this one from Old Navy, ($13) is a perfect summer gift, while a baseball hat, such as this Kohl’s cap, (on sale for $16) will help shield the sun’s rays. You’ll get bonus points for choosing a cap with a favorite team logo!

Hosting your own child’s birthday party? Craft a creative cake like the one below!

How to Make a Dinosaur-Egg Cake
How to Make a Dinosaur-Egg Cake
How to Make a Dinosaur-Egg Cake

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Submit Your Child’s Birthday Party!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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CALLING ALL PARENTS: We want to see your most creative birthday parties.

If you threw a stellar party for your child’s birthday, here’s your chance to show it off.
Send photos of your cake, DIY décor, and kids’ activities to party@parents.com for a chance to be featured in a future issue of Parents and/or on parents.com.

Don’t forget to include your full name and contact information, a link to your blog or website, and a brief description of the party, and why you chose the theme.

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